• Research
  • Rise of the Necrofauna

    Rise of the Necrofauna: A Provocative Look at the Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction is coming out Fall 2017. Jurassic Park meets The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna, a provocative look at de-extinction from acclaimed documentarist and science writer Britt Wray. What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth―fascinating science, […]

  • Audio

    AURATOR is a new public engagement platform I directed (which Nadja Oertelt produced) for “real talk” about synthetic biology. AURATOR is filled with personal audio diaries from multidisciplinary leaders in the field of synthetic biology, and it invites you to speak back to their thoughts and leave your own audio diaries to evolve the discussion […]

  • Audio
  • Love and Radio episode: “Doing the No No”

    I produced the latest episode of Love and Radio with the incredibly talented Brendan Baker who slayed on the sound design, structural and editing work he poured into it. BABIES//BIOETHICS//BOUNDARIES Episode summary: Adam Zaretsky is a bioartist who explores the manipulation of DNA, the fringes of genetic modification, and butts up against the ethical boundaries […]

  • Interview
  • Taking synbio out of the lab: an interview with Britt Wray

    A recent interview about public engagement in synthetic biology with EUSynbioS and synthetic biology researcher Kostas Vavitsas. Full interview above or text below: A popular feature of recent EUSynbioS symposium was the Breakout Sessions, half-hour round table discussions on societal and regulatory issues of synthetic biology. One of the topics I was really looking forward […]

  • Public speaking
  • Why All the Fuss About Public Engagement in Synthetic Biology? Custom course for the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre

    Workshop Poster – Britt Wray Mar16[3] Societal issues in synthetic biology: why all the fuss about public engagement? Synthetic biologists are increasingly encouraged by funders and employers to engage with publics, in open and dynamic fora, about the implications of their research as well as participate in interdisciplinary collaborations. As a group, synthetic biologists are […]

  • Featured
  • Teaching at University of Oxford

    The EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology at Oxford University kindly invited me to create an afternoon workshop for their PhD students based on my own doctoral thesis that I’m writing/making at the University of Copenhagen. I gave a talk that explored issues and conflicts arising from interdisciplinary collaborations between synthetic […]

  • Writing
  • Scenario Magazine article: Re-writing extinction

    I have an article in the new print issue of Scenario Magazine, now on newsstands in 23 countries and available from their online shop. In their own words, “SCENARIO is the award-winning magazine on trends, ideas, visions, and possible futures. It was established in 2010 and is developed by futurists from the Copenhagen Institute for […]

  • Writing
  • Motherboard article: This Synthetic Bio Company is Hacking Microbes to Build the Smells of the Future

    I attended Biofabricate 2015 in NYC, where a spirited community of bio-tinkerers and engineers gathered who are trying to #growthefuture with “living machines”. I wrote about the DNA-driven perfumery methods of Gingko Bioworks, one of the presenting companies at the event, for Motherboard/Vice. The article can be found online here.

  • Audio
  • Recording the sounds of Iceland

    I spent ten days in June learning about sound recording in the field with the legendary sound recordist Chris Watson (of the Dadaist group Cabaret Voltaire, a zillion wonderful BBC productions and nature docs with David Attenborough, plus so much more). Artists Jez Riley French and Finnbogi Peterssun were also advising our team. I had […]

  • Audio
  • Canadian Science Journalism Award

    Thank you very much to the Canadian Science Writer’s Association for giving Undoing Forever, our documentary for CBC Radio 1’s long-running documentary program – IDEAS, with Paul Kennedy – an honourable mention for the Canadian Science Journalism Award. This documentary about the science and ethics of de-extinction was produced by CBC’s master in-house producer Sara […]

  • Writing
  • Blogging for the MIT and Culture Kettle collaboration: The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement

    I wrote something that was posted today over on the MIT and Culture Kettle Evolving Culture of Science Engagement website. Full text follows: In the insightful research agenda that appears at the end of the first Evolving Culture of Science Engagement report, some attention is paid to the idea that research is already “out there” […]

  • Audio
  • What kind of music do wolves like?

    I made a radio piece for WNYC’s Studio 360 about Laurel Braitman, an authour and historian of science who takes a delightful approach to her work, which focuses on animals and how they go mad. She discovered that music might soothe them, and began throwing concerts for animals a few years ago. Recently she arranged […]